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Party leader Winston Peters announced the policy today, saying the party intended to stop punishing smokers with high excise tax and help them quit.

Peters says it will support ASH's surge strategy, making alternatives to smoking affordable and widely available.

He says the government's current Smokefree 2025 approach isn't working with the added contradiction and hypocrisy of holding a referendum on legalising recreational marijuana.

"We don't think that young and, particularly, poor people should be screwed any longer on this matter," he says.

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A recent national survey conducted in the US has indicated a significant drop in teen vaping rates. On the other hand, the report showed an increase in the use of disposable e-cigarettes, which is believed to result from the fact that the ban on flavours vaping exempts disposable products. Before the release of this data, the FDA had already sent warning letters to ten vape businesses including Cool Clouds Distribution Inc. (doing business as Puff Bar), asking them to remove their flavoured disposable e-cigarettes off the market since they do not have the required PreMarket Authorization. [...]

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A new study led by Dr. Matthew Rossheim [...] provides important findings on how labeling of secondhand emissions from e-cigarettes can help more effectively communicate the harm from e-cigarettes and build support for tobacco-free campus policies. In the study "Aerosol, vapor, or chemicals? College student perceptions of harm from electronic cigarettes and support for a tobacco-free campus policy," researchers found that undergraduate students are more likely to see secondhand exposure to e-cigarettes as harmful when accurate labels like 'chemicals' or 'aerosols' are used rather than tobacco industry coined jargon like 'vapor.' 

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This portion of the program is produced by the underwriter, Philip Morris International. Dr. Moira Gilchrist, VP of Strategic and Scientific Communications, in conversation with Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Hill.

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On September 10th, an international tobacco harm reduction media event was held in Sofia [...] Prof. Khayat was one of the most pre-eminent speakers. He has been Head of the Medical Oncology Department at La Pitié-Salpétrière Hospital in Paris and President of the French National Cancer institute. He said that the number one risk factor for cancer worldwide is smoking, which even surpasses excessive alcohol use and high body mass index. To understand more precisely how smoking causes diseases, one should understand cancer is. [...]

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Smoking is a bad habit, and quitting this habit is next to impossible. Many people want to stop the smoking habit but fail to do so. With the help of an e-cigarette, a person can skip smoking tobacco cigarettes. Whenever a person wants to do smoking at that time, they should either drink vape juice or e-cigarette. Some people think that quitting smoking is not easy, but let me tell you, vaping will help you to get out of this bad habit. It is one of the hardest addictions to leave, but everything is possible with the help of substitutes. [...]

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The use of tobacco heating system does not adversely affect the overall indoor air quality, according to several scientific studies published in peer-reviewed publications.

 

The studies were conducted to determine the impact on air quality of new nicotine products such as tobacco heating system which are considered better alternatives to combustible cigarettes. Researchers said assessing air quality is an important factor of the science behind products that heat and not burn tobacco as it provides a strong indication of the potential impact that a product’s use may have on bystanders. 

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Flavored e-cigarettes - Pause of state rule endangers Montana Kids

We know that flavored vape and tobacco hook kids.

That is why as advocates for Montana’s kids and public health in general, we’re disappointed that politics in the Montana Legislature has led the Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPPHS) to pause its rule to restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarette products in our state.

In pausing the rule, DPPHS said that “more education and collaboration” is needed in the Montana Legislature before the rule moves forward. [...]

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Patients treated for bladder cancer with a surgery known as radical cystectomy have worse outcomes if they are smokers, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis by Keck Medicine of USC. Cacciamani and fellow Keck Medicine researchers searched databases to select 17 studies that reported on the impact of tobacco smoking on chemotherapy response and survival outcomes of 13,777 patients following radical cystectomy. Of these patients, 40.8% were active smokers at the time of the surgery, 14.1% former smokers and 45.1% had never smoked or were not smoking at the time of the surgery.

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Black market trade in e-cigarettes and associated products is being driven by smuggling. Regulating the category will protect consumers, secure much-needed tax revenues, and bolster Egypt’s free-market model.

Illicit trade of e-cigarettes has emerged as a mounting problem in Egypt, as adult smokers across the country are gradually switching away from cigarettes to what is considered by global health bodies as a better alternative to combusted tobacco. The sale, distribution, and importation of electronic cigarettes have been prohibited in the country since 2015, [...]

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created a number of challenges, including that many are spending more time at home than ever before. This is a significant problem for those with neighbors who smoke. Smoking continues to be a problem in multi-unit housing, and while stay-at-home orders have helped to reduce transmission of COVID-19, they have also increased exposure to secondhand smoke from neighbors.

But the problem is more than just secondhand smoke: long after secondhand smoke has cleared, the harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke and e-cigarette vapors remain as thirdhand smoke. [...]

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The governor of New Mexico again agued that that marijuana legalization represents an economic opportunity for the state, especially amid budget shortfalls caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) said at a press briefing on Thursday that the state needs to “look for innovative ways to increase economic activity.”

“Recreational cannabis is one of those areas where that’s $100 million,” she said. “It doesn’t fix it, but it plugs one of those holes [and] potentially would be enough to do a whole lot in the Medicaid gaps.”

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Quitting smoking is extremely important ― the biggest reason is that smoking affects nearly every organ of your body. But now, you have an even more immediate reason to kick the habit – COVID-19. While the novel Coronavirus can infect anyone, smokers, in particular, are more prone to fall victim to it. It causes extensive damage to various vital organs and systems of the human body. However, the lungs continue to remain one of the most affected organs. In smokers, the lung function is already impaired, which makes it more difficult for the body to fight off the coronaviruses. [...]

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Scientists from a group of American universities, including Yale, Johns Hopkins and Princeton have found exposure to e-cigarette vapour creates a "tumour-promoting environment" in the breast and elsewhere in the body. A surgeon at the London Breast Institute at the Princess Grace Hospital named Professor Kefah Mokbel warned the findings should be a wake-up call to those who think the devices are harmless, or better than smoking normal cigarettes.

"This study provides a good level of evidence that vaping has the potential to induce breast cancer and promote its progression and spread to the lungs," he said.

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In July, when the B.C. provincial government enacted new rules and regulations governing the sale of vaping products in the province, it gave retailers until September 15 to sell off non-compliant product and adjust inventories to meet the new B.C. (specific) packaging and device specifications. In this episode of RegWatch, we are joined by Sam Tam, President of the Canadian Vaping Association to discuss what the industry needs in order to navigate the new regulatory environment and to learn what critical clarifications the province has indicated it might deliver before the deadline.

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Is it going to be Kassandra?” There’s a reason that question was asked over and over in harm reduction circles after the departure of Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, the previous executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, was announced at the beginning of the year.

In a series of past roles at DPA*, Kassandra Frederique has earned a reputation as one of the most formidable advocates out there—whether leading street protests, whipping up a conference crowd, lobbying in Albany or speaking out to the media. So to many who know her, it felt like only a matter of time.

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New Zealand’s 200,000 vapers are being encouraged to attend an online conference [...] “Over 10 years of scientific research shows that smoke-free nicotine products are at least 95% less harmful than combustible tobacco and have helped millions quit deadly smoking. As consumer groups, we now want to do all we can to influence public policy and reduce the enormous health risks and costs caused by cigarettes,” says Ms Loucas. Ms Loucas believes New Zealand vapers’ participation and input would be highly valued, particularly given Parliament has just passed legislation to regulate vaping, [...]

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The Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) commends the Nova Scotian entrepreneurs who have submitted intent for a constitutional challenge after Nova Scotia passed restrictive vapour product legislation. The new legislation imposes nicotine ceilings and bans flavoured vapour products. Flavoured products are the key for adult adoption and are used by 90% of adult vapers. Eliminating flavours will discourage adult smokers from transitioning and cause many vapers to return to smoking.

 

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The coronavirus pandemic is driving more people to smoke cigarettes, at least according to the CEO of Altria, the company that manufactures Marlboro. The tobacco executive expects cigarette sales to decline by 2 percent this year instead of the original expected 4 to 6 percent.


[...] The manager Debbie Baker said business is thriving.

"I thought it was going to take a little longer and yes I was surprised because it did pick up so quickly, but that just goes to show you that we have loyal customers,” said Debbie Baker, Store Manager of Puff-N-Snuff Discount Tobacco.

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Nonsmoking ordinances and the pursuit of society for a healthier lifestyle has led to a decline in the public’s smoking rate. With this drop, the tobacco industry introduced new ways to deliver nicotine to consumers. Among these products are smokeless and spitless tobacco goods to offer that nicotine fix to users. These products are also introduced and innovated in an effort to expand the marketplace.

The effects of nicotine and smoking are plentiful. Although tobacco has always been associated with being harmful, there is also a positive impact of nicotine on human performance. [...]